This week 50 years ago – The biggest deckchair bargain in the country
PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 April 2017
House-building was on the agenda in Weston-super-Mare 50 years ago. Ideas for where homes could be built were included in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald. Here is the news from 1967.
* Weston’s airfield was being lined up to one day be used for housing.
The Ministry of Defence agreed the airfield could be included on a town development map, which hinted at how Weston may look in the future, although nothing was expected to change for some years.
But the re-allocation of the land use meant the land might be used for housing in the future.
* At the same time, home-building was already increasing. Around 390 homes were being built, and 489 had planning permission but were not yet under construction.
* The ‘biggest deckchair bargain in the country’ was due to be provided in Weston.
Books with seven tokens in were being offered, meaning people could rent a deckchair for a sixpence.
The borough council said this made the chairs the cheapest in the country.
* A Weston firm was supplying sea booms to prevent oil pollution reaching beaches after a tanker crashed off the Isles of Scilly.
Around 50 drums of detergent had been requisitioned to fight the pollution if the oil washed up on the town’s beaches.
Steam hoses had also been requested, to potentially remove oil from piers, rocks and the sea wall.
* Donkeys were back on the sands at Weston after a dispute between owners came to an end after two weeks. They had disagreed about which of them could use the beach at Uphill for their animals.
* Banwell Parish Council joined mounting opposition to the number of trees being cut alongside the village river.
* Details of where Weston’s new hospital would be built were expected to soon emerge.
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